Dubai school pays out $27,000 after student’s ‘false behavior report’

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A German school in Dubai paid 100,000 dirhams ($27,229) to a student’s parents following a verdict by a Dubai court, which found the school guilty of false claims that the first-grade child needed “behavioral intervention” and failing to support the student to improve educational performance.

The school prevented the six-year-old student from attending classes and punished him for causing problems in the classroom, to later inform his parents that he was no longer wanted at the school one month after the beginning of the academic year, according to court records.

Parents of the student managed to find him another school, which reported the student’s “very good” educational level and “normal” behavior with no psychological problems, driving the parents to blame the old school and decide to sue.

The amount, 100 thousand dirhams, compensates the financial burden that the student’s parents went through due to the school’s report, which made them hire an accompanied teacher and design special curriculum and skill development programs, a costly process.

Before the verdict, a committee was hired to evaluate the school by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority, as ruled by the court.

The evaluation found no sufficient evidence of planning an early intervention that could develop the student’s abilities, in addition to finding the school failing to prove providing the child with a positive educational experience.

The committee also reported unfit techniques used to punish the boy, such as preventing the student from attending his physical education class and preventing him from attending school at all for three days.

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